Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary rhinoplasty, is a procedure used to correct aesthetic or functional problems resulting from a previous rhinoplasty surgery. Dr. Naderi commonly performs revision rhinoplasty when the results of a primary rhinoplasty surgery performed by another surgeon have not produced the intended result. Sometimes problems are functional (if breathing has been impaired) or cosmetic.
In some cases revision rhinoplasty can be performed as a closed rhinoplasty, but the vast majority will need to be performed using the external or open procedure. Contrary to the image that this may bring to mind, incisions are performed inside the nose with only a small incision made on the strip of skin between the nostrils.
The external incision, under ideal circumstances, will fade to become almost invisible over time, especially if the patient follows the strict aftercare regime proposed by the surgical team. In principle, there isn’t really a limit to the number of procedures that each patient can have, although the benefits should be weighed against the risks that any surgery carries.
Revision Rhinoplasty is a Specialist Procedure
As a specialist, Dr. Naderi’s workload consists of up to 90% revision surgery. Patients commonly come to him having had between two and six previous surgical procedures. This might sound like a lot, but if the surgery has been carried out by less skilled surgeons, it can take a while to get a look that the patient is happy with.
To help in that, Dr. Naderi uses digital imaging and works closely with the patient to ensure that they have realistic expectations and shows them what the various options look like on their own face. While nobody can guarantee that the end result will be identical to the predictions, prospective patients are encouraged to look at the before and after photos on the site to see just how close the end results get to the digital images.
Rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty in particular, is one of the most difficult forms of surgery, and comes with some advantages and disadvantages. Patients are likely to experience less pain with the secondary procedures, but there is every chance that the recovery time will be longer and the bruising more extensive.
However, the results are well worth it, but it is usually simpler to try and avoid future unnecessary revisions by following a few pieces of advice.
Avoiding Unnecessary Revisions
For those thinking about a rhinoplasty, there are some steps that can be taken to avoid future secondary procedures. Sometimes it is unavoidable, for various medical reasons, but choosing a reputable surgeon is probably the first step in making sure that the surgery is successful.
After the surgery, it is important to follow the surgeon’s aftercare advice to prevent any unintentional damage to the healing tissue. The exact nature of the aftercare will depend on the extent of the surgery.
Before any surgery it is important to ask questions, and understand the risks involved. The nose is a very prominent feature, and it is worth taking the time to understand the surgery completely to avoid issues at a later stage. Whether it is revision or primary surgery, understanding the process will help to manage your expectations.
One possible reason for having revision surgery is disappointment with the result first time around. This can be due to a mismatch between the surgeon’s view of the end result, and the patient’s expectations. These expectations are set at the initial consultation, when Dr. Naderi will use modern digital imaging techniques to show the prospective patient the expected result.
It takes a true specialist to fix issues with primary surgery, and make sure that, this time around, the nose meets the patient’s expectations. By a similar token, replacing lower quality materials that may have failed with high quality implants and using the latest techniques takes skill and an aesthetic appreciation that comes with years of experience in the field.
To learn more about revision rhinoplasty, non-invasive techniques, and how a nose job could improve your confidence and self-esteem, please contact The Naderi Center at 703-481-0002 in Virginia or 301-222-2020 in Maryland for a consultation today.